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The Loud History of ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’

In All Quiet on the Western Front, 17-year-old Paul Bäumer (Felix Kammerer) and his school friends enthusiastically enlist to fight for Germany in World War I. But from the moment they arrive in France, it’s clear that the grim reality of war is very different from the tales of glory and patriotism they’ve been weaned on. Somehow, all the songs and speeches forgot to mention the mud, horse carcasses and constant fear of violent death that become a part of…

‘You People’ Is More than a Rom-com, It’s a Love Letter to LA

Long before he was a creative force to be reckoned with, filmmaker Kenya Barris was raised in South Los Angeles — home to enclaves like Inglewood, Baldwin Hills and Compton, which have been immortalized in such TV shows as Insecure, Moesha and his own smash hit black-ish. Meanwhile, years before he would even dream of earning two Oscar nominations as an actor, Jonah Hill spent his earliest years in the sprawling melting pot of West Los Angeles. Barris and Hill’s…

Director Kenya Barris on the Comedy, the Romance, and the Message of ‘You People’

On paper, the delirious and discomforting new rom-com You People is about a Jewish guy and a Black woman who fall in love despite their families’ prejudices. But it arrives at an eerily perfect moment. Directed by Kenya Barris and starring Jonah Hill and Lauren London, the comedy hits Netflix just months after several high-profile, highly charged exchanges between those two communities dominated the cable news cycle — most notably inflammatory statements from Kanye West and Kyrie Irving that picked…

Meet the Families of ‘You People’

There are comedy ensembles and then there’s the cast of You People. Kenya Barris’ feature directorial debut brings together Jonah Hill, Lauren London, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Eddie Murphy, Nia Long, Molly Gordon and Travis Bennett as one big happy hilarious family. Well, sort of. 

Edward Berger recreates the best-selling epic from a German perspective for the first time.

When All Quiet on the Western Front by author Erich Maria Remarque was first published in Germany in 1929, it was an immediate worldwide sensation. The story of World War I from the perspective of young German soldier Paul Bäumer, who, along with a group of classmates, volunteers to join the army and quickly finds himself dealing with the grim realities of trench warfare, became the year’s best-selling novel in America and inspired a movie adaptation that went on to…

Eddie Redmayne Transforms in the Good Nurse

When an audience first spies a beloved actor in a truly transformative role, it often can take a beat to move past the sense of familiarity and see only this new character. With Eddie Redmayne, it’s instantaneous. His chameleon-like artistry is evidenced in his Oscar-winning portrayal of physicist Stephen Hawking, who lived with A.L.S. for more than 50 years, in 2014’s The Theory of Everything. A second Oscar nomination followed a year later for The Danish Girl, in which he…

New Body Rhumba Closes White Noise

What better way to end Noah Baumbach’s White Noise, an adaptation of Don DeLillo’s rumination on life, death, and the fear of the in-between, than with a surprisingly upbeat, foot-tapping, and head-banging song about the afterlife?